David Perkins has become one of the first signings for Wigan Athletic as they begin their life in the League One for next season.
The midfielder was released by Blackpool after the end of a disappointing Championship season. He was amongst the 17 professionals released by the Seasiders, as they finished bottom of the table. However, Wigan manager Gary Caldwell believes that the experience of the pro will have a huge role to play as the club try to get back into the Championship. The club has completed a full circle after their relegation to League One.
Wigan Athletic parted company with manager Malky Mackay after less than a year in charge, as even the arrival of the former Cardiff City manager failed to improve the club’s fortunes.
Bolton Wanderers were involved in one of the thrilling matches of the Championship last weekend after a 4-3 loss against Watford.
It looked like both teams were heading for a thrilling 3-3 draw but Watford had other plans of their mind after grabbing a late winner through Deeney.
On May 11 of 2013, Wigan Athletic made history as they overcame Manchester City in the finals of the FA Cup with a solo goal from Ben Watson nailing the triumph for Wigan. It was a historic match and moment for Wigan Athletic as they claimed their first major trophy in the history of the club which over 80 years long.
It seems like that moment was the peak of Wigan Athletic as everything has started to crumble into pieces from there on out.
After being appointed as the manager of Wigan under controversial circumstances, Malky Mackay has not enjoyed a great start to life at the DW stadium.
Wigan have had only one win in the last five Championship matches. As a result, they sit 23rd in the table with the threat of relegation still increasing with every week. The Championship campaign takes a break for this weekend as FA Cup resumes in the third round with Wigan taking on Bolton away from home.
During the months of September, October and November, Wigan Athletic managed to win 1 league match. All of the other results besides that victory were either defeats or draws and this abysmal start of the season led to the head coach UweRosler getting sacked.
Wigan Athletic finally managed to end the run of matches without a victory after a hard fought 2-1 win over Derby County during the weekend. The win pleased manager Uwe Rosler, who has been finding it difficult to live up to the expectations after an impressive season last time around. Apart from coming close to the FA Cup finals, Wigan also reached the latter stages of the play-offs. They also performed exceptionally well in the Europa league campaign, but they seem to be paying the price for this marathon campaign this time around. Wigan have been disappointing in the league so far.
Uwe Rosler arrived to Wigan Athletic on December of 2013 as he was selected as the man to replace the former coach of Wigan Roberto Martinez and achieve the primary objective of returning Wigan Athletic to the Premier League.
One of the higher officials at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kevin Thelwell, believes that the standard of football in the Championship would be very high this season as the teams involved are extremely strong.
The 41-year old also said that the Wolves will be countering big challenges in the season and they will have to counter them with distinction in order to finish in the top quarter of the table.
Championship outfit Wigan Athletic have been boosted by the news that Gary Caldwell has decided to extend his stay at the club. Captain Caldwell is an important part of the team, but there has been speculation around his future in the last few weeks. Wigan failed to get back into the Premier league after losing in the play-offs last season. Caldwell has been linked with a return to Scotland, but the 32-year-old defender has signed a new contract that will see him embark on a coaching career at the club.